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On a job resume, or application, is it better not to list the past jobs, that you got fired?

I didn't work while raising my kids, for about 15 years, so since my divorce for13 years , I have had some pretty bad jobs! Jobs you would get with no college degree, or much experience. some sales, some office work, and a postal job that turned sour. With bad supervisors, who didnt care about there employee's, and would treat them bad, and than fire them when they tried to communicate, that things could be better. So I have no work references, that I would want to use! Would it be better to just leave these jobs off the application and resume, and just put that I have been a stay at home mom for most of the years. Just put the 1 or 2 jobs, that don't make me look bad? I hate to lie, but I don't know what else to do! I need a job!

Asked By: Sunday - 5/26/2007
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Right! List those you may get good references from and not those you got fired from. Employers expect you to leave those off anyway. Most ppl don't want a new boss getting a bad review from an old employer. Having spent most of your time as a mother is pretty common. Many employers are willing to hire you because you... More
Answered By: Ember - 5/26/2007
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I know; the do-gooders will say that it's a lie by omission, but you are trying to better yourself, so I say, what you dont say, cant hurt you.
Answered By: mary - 5/26/2007
 
yes - most of your time was spent raising kids - no need to shoot yourself in the foot with bad references on your resume.
Answered By: italiangirl - 5/26/2007
 
You do what you got to do to get the work and if that been the truth alittle so be it.
Answered By: Dallas S - 5/26/2007
 
I'd put them on to account for your time. You can also pump up your resume/ap by the skills you acquired on those jobs. The creative part is listing (ok, embellishing) the length of time on each job and the reason you left, as well as $$ earned... More
Answered By: baghmom - 5/26/2007
 
You have a valid reason for gaps in your employment history but If any of your past jobs provided you with experience for the new position, you could include them on your resume. When asked why you left, you'll need to answer in a very non-judgmental tone. Give the reason you were fired and what you learned from the... More
Answered By: thecollectorshub - 5/26/2007
 
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